Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response
NYS Office of Mental Health
Steve Moskowitz, LMSW, is currently the Director of the Bureau of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the New York State Office of Mental Health a position he obtained following an assignment as the Director of Project Recovery, a FEMA funded mental health support program in response to extensive flooding across NYS. In the years since, he has guided mental health responses to numerous natural disasters including Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, provided technical assistance to communities following mass casualty events, and provided training to the cadre of Disaster Mental Health Responders statewide.
Steve’s career arc has included stints in clinical services to youth and families, not-for-profit agency administration, family mediation and most recently disaster mental health. As one result of this non-traditional path, Steve has acquired a deep appreciation for the challenges of making human services work as credibly in the field as is claimed in the grant application that funds it. Building program services that effectively meets the presenting needs—within the contextual boundaries of real-life administrative, organizational and budgetary realities—continues to be a goal he now applies to efforts within a governmental context.
In addition to his role with OMH, Steve has been active in assisting with the creation of a national peer group of disaster mental health responders and serves as the Co-chair of the Multi-state Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium.
Sunday, August 23
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM